October, 26 2017
This year we have started with an interesting challenge for our students. They all want to bring a positive impact in their communities, but they get confused and disoriented when it starts to implement a small project into their community. So, we decided to start a "Pay it forward challenge" for the students from ACCESS and accessPlus sites.
The concept of this challenge is "do between one and three good deeds for others without asking for anything in return. Instead, the recipient should be instructed to pay it forward to someone else in need." Starting to do small things for others without asking anything in return will help to bring a positive change to their community.
In order to begin this challenge, each student has a secret friend. Secret friend will have to take care of his/her pal until Christmas when everybody will unveil their secret friends. Until that day each student will have to do something cute for their friend, without being outspoken.
We have created a specific calendar where they can get inspired do something nice for his/her secret friend.
For example, on Oct 18 - is smile day, means do something for your secret friend to make him/her smile; on Oct 20 - is hug day, ask someone to hug your secret friend and wish him/her a great day , and so on.
In return, the secret friend will have to pay it forward into their community, to help someone who they think needs a help or maybe a change. For example, if it is raining, give your umbrella together with a card to someone who does not have one, or visit an elderly neighbor's house and ask them if they need to have anything they need to be repaired/cleaned, or give a homeless person some food and so on, the list is infinite.
In this way, we want to help to understand that they are the ones who can bring a change into their community and get more engaged into civic society, by doing something very simple, but so meaningful for others.
By the end of this challenge, we will post all their actions on their ACCESS blog. Looking forward to amazing results.
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